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Darcy from Orlando asked

Things to do and see in Arkansas.

In two weeks I will be in Arkansas for job training for a month. I'm looking for unique sites to see and things to do in my free time. I want to see some nature, culture, and anything interesting in the area. I also need to find a good place to get my daily jogs/workouts in.

Also, what's the weather like this time of year in Arkansas? I'm not certain what to pack.

Sherwood (Arkansas)   Little Rock (Arkansas)

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Claire from Fort Worth, Texas

Arkansas  First of all you can drive across Arkansas using the longest route (West Memphis to Texarkana (Arkansas)) in about 5 hours)  Little Rock is pretty much smack in the middle where I30 and I40 cross.  

Little Rock has the William J Clinton Library, a National Civil Rights Museum, and is a very pretty small city.  Northeast Arkansas has a great tourist cave in a state park (Blanchard Springs Caverns) and some nice scenery.  Northwest Arkansas is the Ozark; beautiful trails and mountain views (yes these are baby mountains)  The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is in Fayetteville (Arkansas)

Not far from Little Rock is Hot Springs National Park, the only national park that is also a city.   President Clinton graduated from Hot Springs High School.   There are 3 hotels which tap the springs for their hot water supply and have on site spas and 'bath houses'   The National Park Services operates another bath house in the historic Bathhouse Row; there is also one that is restored in the style of the turn of the 20th century.  

Did you know that there is an actual diamond mine in Arkansas and you can go there and dig for diamonds?   Other gemstones have also been found there.   

You can easily go to Memphis and tour around there.  Enjoy all the music related sights, the Elvis stuff, Mud Island, bbq on Beale Street, The Peabody Little Rock and the ducks.    Here is a link to the Official State Travel Guide

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adding a note: the website added Little Rock to some of the items. There is a U of Arkansas in Little Rock but it is not the main campus. That is in Fayetteville. There may be a Peabody Hotel in Little Rock, but the one I am speaking of is in Memphis!!! I remembered another place that is not too far away. You want to go to West Memphis and then take I-55 north through. What you are aiming for is Reelfoot Lake which is in the Northwest corner of Tennessee. It is a strange and beautiful place, which was formed when a huge earthquake in 1812 closed a big oxbow in the Mississippi River. It is a very popular birding location and the lake is full of cypress knees

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Hannah from Milwaukee

The William J. Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock has some amazingly diverse exhibits--last year they had an Oscar de la Renta retrospective and they have a pretty extensive permanent exhibit about the Clinton presidency which was a doozy.

In terms of outdoor activities, there's something called the Arkansas River Trail that's about 80 miles long and is a big trail you can jog/walk/bike on. It's pretty great.  

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